May 26, 2010
Finally, what we've all been waiting for: Jammin’ for Justice is tonight! We hope you’ll join us at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
In case you need some convincing...
Free admission! If you feel moved to donate, we'll be passing a hat around during the program for your convenience. Food and drinks are provided and free parking is available on-street or in nearby lots. We'll also be right by Dudley Station, with multiple bus lines and connections to the Silver Line Bus on Washington Street. Check out more detailed directions.
Delicious food! Caribbean-style eats will be provided by Ethnica Catering, from Jerk Chicken Wings to Red Beans & Rice to Fish & Black-Eyed Pea Fritters. Come on, your mouth is watering just thinking about it! Read more...
May 25, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Special Recognition recipients are El Centro and Odyssey students.
This year, we’re pleased to present special recognitions to Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Program (REEP) students at El Centro de Cardenal GED Program and Odyssey High School.
May 24, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is Dorchester Bay Youth Force.
In 2008, Dorchester Bay Youth Force joined a city-wide campaign to stop youth violence, organized by the United Youth and Youth Workers of Boston coalition. Members of Youth Force met with local banks and businesses in Upham's Corner and raised several thousand dollars for a youth jobs fund.
In spring 2009, after significant state budget cuts to jobs funding, Youth Force and REEP organized an emergency gathering, bringing together dozens of Boston teens to strategize an immediate response to the cuts. When the state did not restore the budget for youth jobs and violence prevention programs, the United coalition decided to formally dissolve.
Determined to bring back funding before the impacts of the cuts were felt, Youth Force members began meeting in the fall with youth programs across the city. Read more...
May 22, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is the Boston Grants Initiative.
The Boston Grants Initiative (BGI), administered by The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, provides grants to groups working on environmental justice, environmental health, green space and other projects in the greater metro neighborhoods of Boston, Chelsea, Somerville, and Cambridge. BGI interprets the word "environment" broadly and supports a wide range of activities focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable. Read more...
May 21, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury.
United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury (UNLR) is a grassroots resident neighborhood association advocating for environmental justice in the neighborhood of Lower Roxbury. It was founded in 1971 to protest a planned highway that would cut through the neighborhood and eliminate thousands of affordable housing units.
Since then, UNLR has continued to fight for public safety, increased public services, and community participation in decision-making processes. Read more...
May 20, 2010
ACE’s annual celebration and fundraiser, Jammin' for Justice, is next Wednesday, May 26! Members and supporters will be celebrating with delicious food, a live band, silent auction and dance performances. This is also an opportunity to showcase outstanding environmental justice work. In the next few days we will be highlighting our 2010 Environmental Justice Award honorees.
May 19, 2010
The new T Riders’ Union (TRU) newsletter is now available online, in Spanish! Don't miss the news about our meeting with the MBTA, our Latino committee and our newest members. To see information on our campaigns and actions in English, see the TRU site, our Facebook page and our YouTube channel about transit justice. For more information, contact René.
El informativo más reciente del Sindicato de Pasajeros está disponible online, ¡en español! No se pierda la información sobre nuestra reunión con la MBTA, el nuevo comité Latino y los miembros nuevos del sindicato. Para aprender sobre nuestras campañas y acciones en inglés, vaya al sitio del Sindicato, al grupo de Facebook y a nuestro canal de YouTube. Para más información, póngase en contacto con René.
May 11, 2010
Here at ACE, we add our voice to the nationwide tribute of Howard Zinn, who led by his example and inspired us and several generations of American activists.
“He so believed in America that he believed it could transcend itself. He lifted up alternative futures, and insisted they were possible.”
—James Carroll, The Boston Globe, February 1, 2010
On January 27, 2010, the world lost one its most outspoken voices for social justice, historian and activist Howard Zinn. Best known as the author of A People's History of the United States, Zinn dedicated his life to the telling of history from the perspective of those who stood in opposition to the schemes of the powerful: those who fought against slavery and Jim Crow, who opposed war and militarism, who participated in the struggles of the working class, who demanded equality for women and the LGBTQ community, and many others.
He sought to use history in service of the creation of a more just world, once explaining, "I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it." Read more...
March 29, 2010
"…For the first time in over 10 years my grandchildren can play outside in the yard and I don’t have to worry...I can plant in the ground and eat what I grow. I don’t have to worry about my basement flooding anymore and getting rashes on my skin when I touch the water."
—Little Village resident Martha Castellon
This victory is the result of a decade long struggle by members of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), a grassroots group in Chicago leading efforts to clean up a superfund site. Profiled in our new report, Environmental Justice and the Green Economy, LVEJO's campaign shows how strong grassroots organizing can lead to achievements like securing the clean up of nearly 200 homes that went "above and beyond the federal levels of remediation."
Residents of lower income communities and communities of color like Little Village have been advancing a vision of sustainability and equality through the environmental justice movement. Eight of these stories are shared in our report by a group of U.S. environmental justice leaders, including ACE Executive Director Kalila Barnett and former director Penn Loh. Read more...
December 15, 2009
We're excited to report that ACE Director Kalila Barnett is currently in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a delegation sent by Movement Generation of U.S.-based community organizers working on climate justice. This trip is timed to coincide with the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where most nations are joining to discuss global climate policy to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol.